Since its creation in England in the early 1800s by Anna, Duchess of Bedford, Afternoon Tea has long been associated with the entertainment of society. Naturally, New York society’s Grande Doyenne, Caroline Astor, or “The” Mrs. Astor as she was known in the Gilded Age, adopted this tradition as her very own. It was a joyful occasion and the opportunity to host gatherings with her closest intimates – an exhilarating prelude to her more noteworthy formal social events.

This ritual comes alive every afternoon at every St. Regis around the globe, and here at The Drawing Room of The St. Regis Mumbai as well. Bringing this elegant tradition to India at The St. Regis Mumbai, Anuraag Bhatnagar, General Manager The St. Regis Mumbai and Anandita De hosted an Afternoon Tea at the Drawing Room of The St. Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016. The afternoon event was also an occasion to welcome and introduce Chef Martin Kindleysides, Director of Culinary, to the fine food and tea connoisseurs of the city.

Guests partook in a bespoke high tea menu that comprised a wide selection of the signatures from the Drawing Room’s afternoon tea menu:
Seen enjoying a relaxed afternoon over an array of flavored teas and sparkling Moet Imperial ice champagne were Shobhaa De, Aarti Surendranath, Gayatri Rangachari Shah, Arti sarin, Avantikka Raju, Priyanka Thakur, Anjali Gaekwar, Nisha Jamwal, Priya Nathani , Ira Dubey, Aarti Surendranath, Yash Birla, Sanam Sippy, Pratima and Gaurav Bhatia, Jenifer Kotwal, Dhiman shah, Zeba Kohli, Natasha Mehta, Sahil Harjani

Shobha De

Anandita De, Chef Martin Kindleysides and Shobhaa De at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Shobhaa De at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Vinay Singh, Director Marketing and Sales, St. Regis with Shobhaa De at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016

Yash Birla

Yash Birla at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Yash Birla, Anandita De and Sahil Harjani at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016

Ira Dubey

Nisha Jamwal, Anandita De, Priya Nathani and Ira Dubey at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Priya Nathani, Ira Dubey and Avantikka Raji at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016

Nisha Jamwal

Anandita De, Nisha Jamwal at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016

Aarti Surendranath

Anandita De, Zeba Kohli and Aarti Surendranath at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Aarti Sudrendranath with Gayatri Rangachari Shah at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016

Party Events

Anandita De at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Anandita De with Avantikka Raju at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Anandita De with Chef Martin Kindleysides at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Arti Sarin with Anandita De at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Pramod and Avantikka Raju at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Natasha Mehta with Anandita De at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Gayatri Rangachari Shah, Anandita De and Priyanka Thakur at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Gaurav and Pratima Bhatia at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Dhimaan Shah with Anandita De at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Chef Martin Kindleysides at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Zeba Koli, Anjali Gaekwar and Gayatri Rangachari Shah at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016Chef Martin Kindleysides, Zeba Kohli, Anjali Gaekwar, Anandita De, Gayatri Rangachari Shah, Priya Nathani, Avantikka Raju and Priyanka Thakur at The Drawing Room inNatasha Mehta, Anandita de and Sanam Sippy at The Drawing Room in St Regis Mumbai on 30th July 2016

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